Tales From A Broad

My year of teaching English in Japan is up. Next mission: backpack Asia before going home to the U.S.A. Currently HOME!





tubing down the mekong river-part 1

From left to right: Peter, Sylvie and Tim farting around in tubes on the Mekong.

Some would describe Van Vieng the "Cancun of Laos." It's notorious for the long afternoon trips down the Mekong River. We, the crew from the organic farm, were addicted to tubing and would take as many opportunities to do it. We floated the river 3 times before we all left town.

The beauty of tubing, is that there are little bars/restaurants along the river that pull in energetic tubers from some wholesome drinking. Thus, it earned its' Cancun reputation. As if drinking and swimming weren't safe enough, they also have these huge flying swings where people can test their mortality, or show off with summersaults into the Mekong. It was so much fun!! The first time is such a rush and you feel like you're never going to slow down enough to fall in the water.

Me on the notorious flying swing.

The whole experience is without doubt, one of the "must do's" of Southeast Asia. There's no other place in the world like it. Aside from the fun to be had meeting fellow tubers, dancing in the bars, tempting fate off the swings, and floating lazily down one of the most famous rivers in the world, it's also stunningly gorgeous. Giant limestone cliffs line the river all the way to the end. This has got to be one of my favorite places in the world.
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